A BUCKIE adviser supported an SNP campaign to stop the cuts to Universal Credit (UC).
The party has launched a campaign against the UK Conservative government’s plans to cut the Â£ 20 UC increase in October that was introduced last year as part of the lockdown response. In addition, the SNP requests that the increase be extended to other legacy benefits.
Research by the Joseph Rowntree Foundation has found that reducing the increase will push an additional half a million people into poverty – 200,000 of whom are children – and ‘nullify’ the benefits that the Scottish Child Payment has received. brings to low income families in Scotland.
Buckie SNP advisor Sonya Warren has expressed support for the campaign.
She said: “The Â£ 20 hike has been a lifeline and it would be a devastating blow to society if it were snatched up by the UK Conservative government.
âThis will push hundreds of thousands of households – including 200,000 children – to the brink of collapse when they need support the most.
âThe pandemic is not over, and its economic impact will be felt for years to come if the Conservatives at Westminster do not take the necessary steps to rebuild the social security system they have spent the last decade dismantling. It is now essential that they make the increase in universal credit a permanent feature and extend it to legacy benefits.
“If they go ahead with these brutal further austerity cuts, it will be another example of the SNP government putting money in people’s pockets just for the Tories to take it back. Westminster is hindering our efforts. to lift people out of poverty – independence is the only way to ensure a solid and equal recovery for Scotland. “
Six former Conservative secretaries for work and pensions, as well as the Northern Research Group, made up of 50 Conservative MPs, also recently echoed SNP calls to keep the uprising going.